Pianist Chucho Valdes, founding member of the Cuban band Irakere, poses before a concert in Madrid in 2005. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Sounds Of Cuba, In Exile And At Home

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Ecuadorian musician Daniel Lofredo Rota discovered a treasure trove of lost recording sessions in boxes and in this bag. Daniel Lofredo Rota hide caption

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The Lost Tapes Of Caife: A Vintage Ecuadorian Record Label Revived

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To Find The Best New Music, Alt.Latino Launches A Task Force

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This week's episode of Alt.Latino offers songs for recovery and healing. Bianca Polak/Flickr hide caption

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Alt.Latino's Post-Election Meditation: Music For Healing

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Down-Ballot Races At The Latin Grammys, With Alt.Latino

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Our Día de los Muertos altar in the Alt.Latino World Headquarters celebrates Prince, David Bowie and many more of the musicians and loved ones we lost this year. Nicole Boliaux/NPR hide caption

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Alt.Latino's Sonic Altar: Remembering Those Who've Left Us

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This week, Alt.Latino takes a look at a literary genre that explores the darker sides of Latino imagination. Darko Labor/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Latino Noir: Private Eyes And Really Bad Vatos

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Love For The Lead Guitar: Guest DJ Eljuri

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Naomi Diaz (left) and Lisa-Kainde Diaz of Ibeyi perform at the 2016 Coachella festival. Mike Windle/Getty Images for Coachella hide caption

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What's On Alt.Latino's Playlist? The Sounds Of Cuba Today

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Harold López-Nussa is part of a rich legacy of Cuban pianists. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cuban Piano 101: A Century Of Historic Grooves

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Cuba! While The Politicians Argued, The Musicians Jammed!

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Mariachi Flor De Toloache is just one of the many Latin bands who have graced NPR's Tiny Desk. Jun Tsuboike/NPR hide caption

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Tiny Desk, Huge Enthusiasm: Latin Music On Our Small Stage

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The young star of Bomba Estéreo's video for "Soy Yo," which the band describes as a "tribute to little brown girls everywhere." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alt.Latino: Late-Summer Jams And A Viral Video From Bomba Estereo

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Willie Bobo: An Appreciation And A New Album

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Alt.Latino Pays Tribute To Juan Gabriel

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The Texas punk band Fea joins Alt.Latino in the studio for this week's show. Ray Tattoo Boy/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'There Are No Rules': Fea Talks Latina Punk

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Deborah Blues, shown here on the cover of Para Que Sepas, is part of the Puerto Rican collective Lv Ciudvd. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Make Your Own Latin Music Scene

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The 2016 Olympic and Paralympic mascots are named for iconic Brazilian musicians: Vincius (for Vincius de Moraes) and Tom (for Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim), respectively. Yasuyochi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As The Rio Olympics Get Underway, Alt.Latino Shares Its Love For Brazilian Music

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Alt.Latino Picks Cool Songs For Beating The Midsummer Heat

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Las Mostras: Fierce Women Of Latin Music

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Los Pericos played at Ruido Fest in Chicago's Addams/Medill Park on July 10. Maria Madrigal/Courtesy of Ruido Fest hide caption

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Three Cities, Four Festivals, One Alt.Latino Weekend

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